Hopkins is an English, Welsh and Irish patronymic surname.
The English name means "son of Hob". Hob was a diminutive of Robert, itself deriving from the Germanic warrior name Hrod-berht, translated as "renowned-fame". The Robert spelling was introduced to England and Scotland after the Norman conquest of England.
The surname Hopkins or Hopcyn is associated with, and most common in Wales. A typical Welsh patronym it is first recorded as ab Popkyn (son of Hopkin) in Monmouth, in the early 17th century, and became a standardized surname under English law.
The name in Ireland is an Anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic surname Mac Oibicin. Wikipedia
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